Apr 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
faa and the administration to cut somewhere else in the 16 billion-dollar annual budget of the faa. they say the way the faa were cuts makes the delays even worse. >> under the applicable laws. the faa has the authority or the discretion to find the money elsewhere. not to lay off the workers. and, therefore, to protect the traveling and shipping public, the faa should not furlough the air traffic controllers. now congressional republicans charge the way the administration has structured this is simply for political reasons. the administration says that's absolutely not the case. they say the way is law isten o other choices than to furlough these air traffic controller if they have to reach the savings that the law requires, shep. >> >> shepard: we are expecting it to say four different flight delays faa is saying. airlines anywhere between 6700. about a quarter of the flight traffic in this country daily. in a statement the faa says they will be working with the airlines and using traffic management tools to minimize the delay impacts of trafficking busy summer travel season. the
Apr 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
furloughs will likely cost travelers time andairline. >> if it starts to roll out the way the faa has said that it will, people are not going to be able to rebook in all cases. their summer vacation plans are going to be blown. that's a horrible position to put the traveling public in. >> the faa says it's 15,000 air traffic controller have to take off one day every two weeks without pay. this result of the automatic spending cuts congress passed in 2011. the airline industry says the faa's plan maximizes flight delays. >> we believe that the faa has the discretion not to furlough the air traffic controllers. they keep the planes in the air, get them to the ground and keep travelers moving, keep shipping moving and that's critical to our economy. >> congressional republicans charge the administration is structuring these cuts to worsen their impact. in a statement, congressman bill shuster the chairman of the house committee on transportation and freezing rain structure says quote the administration views the sequester as an attempt to score political points rather than address real i
Apr 22, 2013 1:00pm PDT
, dc. for the faa the numbers don't add up. their work load has been decreasing and yet they didn't make the necessary changes to prepare for the sequestration. which they've known since last fall was coming. that's why it's just politics as usual in d.c. >> neil: so these cuts that the white house was referring to that took effect formally yesterday, aren't real? >> the cuts are real all right but the problem for the federal aviation administration is their real work load has been falling or forever a decade, and when they were told they had to do the sequestration last fall, logically you would have prepared and put your work force in place at atlanta and new york, and not at branson, missouri, which averages less than one flight per hour. they didn't do that. they were counting -- i was in washington, dc for almost 15 years. you expect things to work out, expect to never have to cut. but the cuts are here but they don't get it. for next year's budget they asked for 100 more people, and three extra billion dollars for security, even though everyone else is cutting. they just don't
Apr 22, 2013 8:00am PDT
traffic furloughs kick in today. a closer look at what the faa cuts could mean for you and your plans. >>> plus, the midwest getting hit with yet another spring snowstorm. major flooding and up to 6:00 inches of snow in some places. we'll show you where it is now and where it is headed. jenna: what drove the suspected bombers remains unclear in the boston terror attacks. investigators are reportedly already trying to question the surviving suspect although there seems to be some varying reports on that. some experts are now turning to their past for clues. their family traces their origins to a small area in southern russia known as chechnya. it is predominantly muslim country, or area. it has been in turmoil for years. with islamist terror groups launching a series of attacks against russian targets in a fight for independence in muslim states. 2002, a chechen group stormed a theater in moscow. there were 700 people in the side at the time. more than 100 people died during a rescue attempt by russian security forces. 2004, in the largest hostage taking in history, chechens stor
Apr 22, 2013 12:00pm PDT
thoughts on this. one is faa knew this was coming for two years, had a long time plan, bat and you're seeing is controllers are being laid off at the same rate for the big facilities, as they are for the smaller ones. you think faa would say, let's see where most of the people or traveling and keep those fully staffed and be a little more surgical on the smaller airports. >> shepard: sounds like a lot of this is politics. >> does seem rather odd but i don't see the controllers behind it but the administration wants to make sure everybody feels the pain here. >> does that seem understandable to you? >> not real ly. it doesn't. this is one of our great assets in this country, the ability to move across the country, and yet the government is getting in the way of this to prove a political point. we have seen the faa budget for controllers rise 50%, and traffic is down 27%. so we're throwing more money to handle less of a problem, yet now is the time we chose to start making the american people feel the pain? it just doesn't make sense. >> shepard: the american people are already feeling
Apr 22, 2013 3:00am PDT
sequester. the faa beginning furloughs for its employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. some say it's purely political. >> the faa was just down a few years ago, flights weren't affected. it seems to me like there is a request for directive out there to take steps so that passengers will be calling their elected officials to get them to take nation. >> gretchen: new york and washington, d.c. already experiencing delays and longer wait times for security. the fcc decided not to fine red sox slugger big poppy david ortiz for dropping the f bomb before saturday's game at fenway park. the fcc chair ss he won't fine him because he was describing boston's resilience in the face of tragedy and speaking from the heart. it was the team's first home game since the terrorist attack at the boston marathon. if your kids were watching, it wasn't exactly pg, but anyway. >> brian: maybe janet jackson should have tried that. >> steve: or there wasn't a wad robe malfunction. >> gretchen: that case went on and on before they ruled. >>> new defendants recording the boston bombing suspects.
Apr 22, 2013 1:00am PDT
traveling somewhere. it is a busier travel day it's monday. 47,000 faa employees will get furloughed as a result of budget cuts. they will lose one day of work every other week. the pilot's union due to the faa will staffect so many people. >> out of those 15,000 were air traffic controllers. perhaps it's a better idea to perhaps maybe drive somewhere because gas prices are going down. >> this is the time of year when they are supposed to go up. let's enjoy it while it lasts. gas prices could fall almost $0.20 by memorial day. it would go down to $3.30 a gallon. inventories are high we have a lot of supply. and the economy is slowing down. consumption is the lowest since 1997. this morning gas prices averaging 3.52 a gallon. last year at this time 3.86. that's a nice little savings. >> some say could go below $3 a gallon? >> rocky mountain region could see 32 -- $2.98. >> road trip. >> finally. it is 11 minutes after the top of the hour. a runner survives the marathon bombing only to return home to texas to witness the fertilizer plant explosion and he's sharing his story.
Apr 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
new troubles for air travelers that could be starting today, folks. the faa beginning furloughs, forced days off for their employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. airports across the country are bracing for an hour-long debase in many cases. critics say this move they believe is political. let's find out what peter goelz thinks about, former director of the nts. about, the national transportation safety board. peter, thanks for being here. good to see you. >> good to see you. martha: we're told today could have some pretty big snarls at the nation's airport. what do you think? >> i think we'll see some slow-ups. the federal aviation administration is taking 60% of the cuts at dot. that is $647 million in cuts. people are going to be laid off and things are going to go slowly. martha: why do you think that is, that they're bearing such a brunt of these budget cuts? >> at d.o.t. they have five modes, pipelines, trails, trucks, aviation. aviation is where the big programs are, the big money are and where the most employees are. not only air traffic controllers but air